Bremerhafen/Wilhelmshaven, Germany 14 March 2017
Of the F 123 Brandenburg class frigates consisting of the Brandenburg (F215), Schleswig-Holstein (F216), Bayern (F217) and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (F218), preceded by the Hamburg-class destroyers and succeeded by the Baden-Württemberg-class. Call sign DRAH. Laid down at Blohm&Voss, Hamburg, Germany on 11 February 1992, launched on 28 August 1992 and commissioned on 14 October 1994.
Displacement 3.600-4.490 (full load) tons and as dimensions 138,85 x 16,7 x 4,355-6,3 (over sonar) metres or 455.5 x 55 x 14.3-21 feet. Speed more as 29 knots. Range with a speed of 18 knots 4.000 nautical miles. Crew numbers 219 men (included 26 officers). Machinery consist of 2x8.14MW MTU 20V 956 TB92 diesels and 2 General Electric LM2500 has Turbines supplying totally 38MW. Armament consists of 2 helicopters, 1-7,6cm/62Mk-75 multi purpose gun, originally 2 Rheinmetall Rh202 quick fire guns to be replaced by 2,7cm Mauser BK-27 quick firing cannons, 1-Mk 41 Mod 3 vertical launch system for 16 Sea Sparrow anti aircraft missiles, 4-MM38 Exocet antis hip missiles which were to be replaced by RBS 15 Mk.3, 1-Mk49 launchers for 21 rolling airframe missiles and 4-32,4cm/12.7” torpedo tubes for using Mk46 torpedoes.